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New Teaser Hints at the Return of the Mitsubishi Montero

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/22/2015 Joseph Capparella
New Teaser Hints at the Return of the Mitsubishi Montero

Mitsubishi may have something exciting up its sleeve for the Chicago auto show if this new teaser photo is any indication. The company says that its upcoming debut will be the “return of a legend,” making us think that the Mitsubishi Montero nameplate is slated for a comeback.

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The blacked-out silhouette shown on a sand dune in the teaser photo is clearly an off-road-oriented SUV, and looks larger than the current Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport crossovers. The Mitsubishi Montero SUV was sold in the U.S. between 1983 and 2005, and a new model wouldn't be completely out of the blue given recent reports and Mitsubishi concepts previewing this new SUV.

Mitsubishi Chicago Teaser© Provided by MotorTrend Mitsubishi Chicago Teaser

The Mitsubishi Pajero, as the Montero is known in other markets, is still on sale worldwide, and we previously reported that the new Pajero/Montero would move upmarket and offer a plug-in hybrid version in the U.S. Mitsubishi also previewed a new SUV with the GC-PHEV concept for the 2013 Tokyo auto show, and the new model debuting in Chicago could be a production version of that concept.

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Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV front three quarter view from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.© Provided by MotorTrend Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV front three quarter view from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. We don’t know if the new Mitsubishi Montero will debut right away with the rumored plug-in hybrid powertrain, especially given that the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in has been delayed for the U.S. until late 2015 or early 2016. Instead, we would expect the new SUV to debut with traditional gasoline powertrains in Chicago.

Stay tuned for more news about the return of the Mitsubishi Montero as we approach this model’s debut at the Chicago auto show in a few weeks.

Source: Mitsubishi

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